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June 6th, 2011
05:00 PM ET

Is Sarah Palin's publicity stunt helping or hurting Republican chances in 2012?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Her "One Nation" tour may be taking a brief pit stop in Arizona, stop but the dust Sarah Palin has kicked up along the way has yet to settle.

The former Alaskan governor started off a well publicized family bus tour in Washington on Memorial Day weekend on the back of a Harley Davidson. From there is was on to visit some national historic sites, pizza with Donald Trump, a testy game of cat and mouse with reporters, and upstaging fellow Republican Mitt Romney the day he announced that he's running for president.

Palin later said she did not mean to distract from Mitt Romney's presidential announcement by visiting New Hampshire on the same day. Sure. She said it was a coincidence she ended up in the first primary state on the same day. Sure.

And then there was her elementary American history mistake over the ride of Paul Revere. While visiting Boston, Palin insisted the essence of Revere's midnight ride was to warn the British soldiers they would have a fight on their hands if they tried to take arms away from Americans. Not exactly.

It's true we all make mistakes. Henry David Longfellow's famous poem about Paul Revere has some historical inaccuracies in it - but at least he got right which side Revere was warning.

Palin defended herself yesterday on Fox News Sunday saying "I know my American history," and gave a long-winded explanation of what she really meant. It's like every time Palin makes a mess, she runs to Fox News where they try to kick sand over it.

She may not know a lot about history, but what she does seem to know how to do is draw attention to herself. And that's not necessarily a good thing for the Republicans whether she decides to run for president or not.

Here’s my question to you: Is Sarah Palin's publicity stunt helping or hurting Republican chances in 2012?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

P.T.:
Definitely hurting. Her intellectually challenged comments are killing her, and at the same time, they're drawing media attention away from the serious GOP contenders. The sickening part of all this is the media doesn't seem to care that she's using them.

Mary:
I don't know if she's hurting Republicans, and don't particularly care. I just wonder if the "lame stream media," as she calls it, realizes how ridiculous they look chasing after her. If they ignored her, she'd come courting them soon enough.

Jim:
Sarah's bus tour and publicity stunt won't hurt the Republicans, but just wait until she runs for President. Sarah being on the Republican debate team will be a reminder of the risk John McCain put this country in when he tapped her to be his V.P.

Tom:
America is still reeling from the Bush years. We're not about to elect another moron, so her gaffs are pure distraction. Sunday morning Ron Paul had an intelligent discussion with Candy Crowley. The media is still stunned from Palin thinking that Paul Revere was a British agent so Ron Paul doesn't get coverage.

M. in Texas:
Yes, she hurt them last time, and she is hurting them more now. She needs to sit down and shut up.

Pat in Michigan:
Oh, I think it is hurting the Republicans. If the party cannot control one spoiled rotten publicity hound and get her to school up before she runs her mouth, then what kind of an example is that to the American people? The Republican Party needs to divorce themselves from their pet network and stand on their own two feet based on policy and issue, not photo ops and sound bites.

Michael in Alexandria, Virginia:
It only hurts if she runs and wins the nomination. Anything else will be seen by most as self-promotion, which is a reflection on her, not the GOP.

Carla:
You'd have to be more specific, Jack. WHICH publicity stunt? From where I sit, the woman is a publicity stunt.


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soundoff (242 Responses)
  1. diridi

    sarah palin is a plain stupid, and an idiot, so it is hurting....o.k,

    June 6, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  2. RB in CA

    If Sarah Palin is going to actually become a GOP candidate for the 2012 presidential election then let her ramble on. But if all she’s doing by driving around the country is trying to keep her ego fed with sound bites on the 6:00 News then yes, she is a hindrance to the party.

    Truth be told, every time Sarah Palin opens her mouth, her brains come falling out, which certainly cannot hurt President Obama and his re-election bid. And as November 2012 grows near, I bet none of the genuine GOP candidates will be seeking her endorsement. Talk about the kiss of death!

    RB in CA

    June 6, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  3. Karl

    Sarah Palin is not hurting the Republican chances at all in 2012.If anything, it is helping them. The longer she keeps up her Charade the less chance she has of being the nominee. I would think that helps them quite a bit.

    June 6, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  4. Jack in Chicago

    Everything she does is a emarrassment not only for Republicans but for America. I really hopes she runs. The Republicans will not only lose the election but their credibility.

    June 6, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  5. Jim

    Jack,

    Let's get one thing straight up front. Sarah Palin is looking out for Sarah Palin and nobody else. She has no intention of running for anything and every intention of milking her celebrity status for every buck she can, and for as long as she can. That said, her rhetorical flubs and endless grandstanding do rub off a bit making the entire GOP appear foolish and extreme. But I expect any such damage will quickly dissipate as soon as she announces that she will not run for president.

    Jim

    Reno, Nevada

    June 6, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  6. louis perez

    I beleive she is, she is playing a political game not only to canadates who feel they have a chance at the presidentcy but too the american people who believe in this country, she makes a natural women look bad, she is not serious about anything but the money she is making, always twisting things around to make herself look good, She is posion to the Rebuplicans and the GOP party, thank you John McCain for bring her out too this world, you my man should retire.

    June 6, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  7. C.Jordan

    It hurts all involved. Her rhetoric divides the nation while offering little to resolve the issues most pressing to American. Her use of buzz words, ie. founding fathers, Regan, right to bear arms is nothing but a distraction meant to build on her brand, empty words that now ring hollow after being used for her purpose of profit only.

    Sara Palin does not care about American, her ego is in control.

    June 6, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  8. Joe Russo

    Sarah has found her niche: she is a muse for late-night comedians. Letterman et. al. should be paying royalties for her words.

    June 6, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  9. Ed in Harrisburg

    Sarah Palin not only represents the dumbing down of the Republican party, she represents the dumbing down of the American media who are the boobs who fuel the possibility this bimbo has any chance of leading the free world.

    June 6, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  10. george c paree

    Its got to be hurting she just not smart enought to be president but people can and do believe in her americanizen this she i believe she has , chuck PAREE ANDERSON IN.

    June 6, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  11. Micah

    The republican party is doomed with or without her publicity stunts. Not only do they not have a viable candidate they don't have a viable message to the people. Most of them want to try and blame Obama for our bad economy instead of apologizing for the bad policies they supported.

    June 6, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  12. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Jack, I don't think anything can hurt the already weak lineup the republicans have running for president. I do hope Sarah Palin will run for president. She gives me lots of belly laughs just like Trump. How can you not enjoy Palin take on history and so many other stupid things she says. I would love to see her mix it up with the other candidates, it would be a riot. Newt Gingrich would be looking around as to say, what the hell is she talking about?

    June 6, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  13. Paul

    FromDeepintheHeartofHurstTexas
    Jack,
    Palin has & is a distraction.
    If the GOP wants success
    their message must change from the stale old
    "smaller governement is better government".

    People listen to Plain because she is different
    NOT because she is better.
    The GOP has to acknowledge the suffering of the middle class
    The GOP must demonstrate that they really care about the middle class

    June 6, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  14. Joe

    Is her stunt hurting Republican chances? I have three words for you my grumpy brother: You betcha Jack!

    New York, New York.

    June 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  15. Ed from Texas

    Her intention is not to help the Republicans, but rather her bottom line.

    June 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  16. mike vanyo

    sara palin is reality tv at best. she is only selling her product. just like donalt trump. she knows it. her advisors know it. see the print not the wallpaper

    June 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  17. Terry in Virginia

    Ms. Palin's publicity stunt is not only hurting serious Republican candidates, it's hurting the entire party, and it's showing her to be a child who desperately needs attention. Her supporters may love her now but that support is eroding each time she does some stunt to garner attention. Remember a while back when Trump had all the attention and Ms. Palin couldn't get the spotlight? She's happy now that she's headlining the news again, but it's a shame the media doesn't realize that most viewers and readers are tired of her. Give us a break - stop covering her or go back to covering Trump. At least then we'd have a choice of sideshows to ignore.

    June 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  18. lou

    It's the old bait and switch. All the republican candidates are boring. She draws attention with her crazy antics, holding the publics' attention on the republican platform. When the time is right she'll throw all her support behind one of the wax figures running. The question is whether she is smart enough to know she's being used by the GOP (again) or if she is a willing participant in the sham.

    June 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  19. John from Alabama

    Jack: Sarah Palin getting in the way of the Republican candidates running for the job of president. The message is being limited by Mrs. Palin's publicity tour for her next book. The Republicans do not have much new to say, except a government of the rich, for the rich, and by the rich is still their main message. Same message George W. Bush and Darth Vader put out for 8 years. George had a 29% approval rating when he left office.

    June 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  20. J. Howard

    She is not only hurting Republican chances but she is hurting America with her lies, misrepresentations and twisting of American history.
    Both Bachmann and Palin have a very narrow understanding of American history and I believe neither of them could pass a 1st year college exam in American history. Americans can never be proud of either of these women who have no interest in learning only in pandering for personal gain.

    June 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  21. Greg in Arkansas

    Come on Jack,

    She is "electrifying" the political process where her GOP propaganda opinion is accepted as fact by her TEA party followers.

    Too bad that her "high-voltage" comments are usually at odds with her "low-voltage" grasp of reality.

    Aside from an entertainment factor, I see nothing "positive" derived from her continual presence in the limelight and only "negative" consequences to other GOP candidates that she associates with.

    June 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  22. Kevin in CA

    Neither, she's a side show ... you know, like at the circus.

    June 6, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  23. Loren

    Publicity stunt implies that there is no intent other than money, but what about what Trump did? As much as I think Sarah Palin would be a poor choice for President, what she is doing is no different than what a dozen other candidates for President have done, using a hook to draw in the crowds. Whether it has an effect on Republican chances is not her problem or fault, if they have any, it depends on getting the right candidate with the right message, and given the Seven dwarfs nature of their collective candidacy, they're going to need lots of luck.

    June 6, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  24. Jane (Minnesota)

    Its hard to say, Jack, I'm still trying to understand her Paul Revere answer from last week and the self righteousness that oozes out of her in saying her answer wasn't wrong. I personally do not understand the interest this woman generates either though, but then again the media is more of a tabloid news media now – so that says a lot.

    If the majority voting public thinks the way I and are troubled by a person seeking the Presidency or being nominated for the Vice Presidency who cannot admit to making a mistake when they do, then I'd say she's not helping the GOP. I've said it before, I was leaning toward voting for John McCain in 2008 until he select Palin as his running mate. I'm pretty sure I wasn't alone there.

    June 6, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  25. Ed from MD

    I don't know Jack, tell me the one again about how Paul Reveres horsey goes clippity clop...

    June 6, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  26. Rick, Medina, OH

    Jack,

    She has proven that she can get the establishment press to chase her up and down the East coast. It's a start!

    Rick,
    Medina, OH

    June 6, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  27. Ed from California

    Palin is the poster child of getting a great education!! The ad could read, "Pay attention in school kids or you will end up like this....a laughing stock!!" "Keep 'em stupid and it's easier to steal from them", is the Kochplican mantra. Jack' America is so stupid, Palin just might win!! So no, I don't think it matters.

    June 6, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  28. dave in nashville

    She won't affect it any more than you people will chasing her down the road for an ignorant sound bite from her shrill voice.

    Start over and be real news people, not dime a dozen paparazzi's, it's demeaning to you and us viewers.

    Let Faux News stay like the Jimmy Fiddler Hollywood Moment of old, O'Reilly is his perfect student.

    June 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  29. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    tampa, fl everyone knows sarah is an ignorant, stupid twit, but the news networks (you included) keep shoving cameras in front of her, hoping she will open her mouth to see if she can actually get in any more than the two feet already tightly wedged in there. she rarely disappoints. it used to be shameful to make fun of the mentally challenged, but she doesn't seem to mind and seems to be making money doing it. Maybe if she changed her name to Lady Gagme it would help?

    June 6, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  30. Tina Tx

    This Liberal Democrat says "Run, Baby Run" and muck up the Gop!!

    June 6, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  31. Carla

    You'd have to be more specific, Jack. WHICH publicity stunt? From where I sit, the woman IS a publicity stunt.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  32. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    America is still reeling from the Bush years. We're not about to elect another moron, so her gaffs are pure distraction. Sunday morning Ron Paul had an intelligent discussion with Candy Crowley. The media is still stunned from Palin thinking that Paul Revere was a British agent so Ron Paul doesn't get coverage.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  33. Russ in PA

    Only one answer to this question: Ron Paul in 2012... He's already stated that his first act as President should be to bring all the troops home. He's looking more mainstream every day, isn't he?

    June 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  34. Carla from Birmingham, Alabama

    You'd have to be more specific, Jack. WHICH publicity stunt? From where I sit, the woman IS a publicity stunt. As to whether she hurts the Republican party - she hurts every American with her uninformed rhetoric and her movies and reality show and nearly every word out of her mouth. We are facing DIRE decisions in this country. We are in pain as a nation. Someone like Palin hurts us all because she diverts attention from REAL issues and the REAL needs of the American people.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  35. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: "Stupid is as Stupid does! The Republicans are beyond being helped or hurt--they are just dead!

    June 6, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  36. Cy Gardner

    She doesn't care. She's pumping up the Palin brand. Her and Newt and Trump and Mike Huckabilly are all clowns vying for the same dumb audience. They tell the gullible yahoos who watch the liars on Fox what they want to hear regardless of the truth so that those yahoos will watch them on Fox or so that right wing groups will buy their phony books in bulk and hand them out to contributors who can barely read. Why do you phonies in the media keep playing their game? Are all the journalists at CNN gone? Cy Arlington, VA

    June 6, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  37. Brad, Portland, OR

    What Sarah Palin does or doesn't do should have no effect on the other Republican candidates.

    To the contrary, the worse she looks, the better another Republican candidate will look in comparison.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  38. Bill in New Mexico

    America loves competition.

    Sarah Palin's intention, of course, is to help herself. I thought Sarah Palin was being successful until I heard her stumble through Paul Revere's ride.

    But, America doesn't know and doesn't care.

    It's working for Sarah Palin.

    I could write you an essay on what I would like presidential campaigns to be about. But, campaigns are about mud-slinging and empty promises.

    Anyway, if the recession doesn't give the republicans the 2012 elections, Obama and the democrats will.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  39. JONIQUE

    Grand ma from va says, Of course her "on the fringe involvement in the upcoming presidential election" is a hoax. she is hurting the other viable candidates, who happen to be serious contenders. Why aren't you asking for an investigation as to whether or not the tour is for political purpose or just a vacation? If it is a vacation, she cannot write the bus tour off. If she is beginning a campaign, is she quitting Faux news? She is having it both ways. She is a hoax my dear, and you all are being made fools of- running down behind her. It is not fair to the other candidates. her poll numbers are no better than the other Republicans. She is not going to run for president. She is just trying to make money. IT IS ALL ABOUT MONEY, you are falling for her ploy for free press coverage. And stop saying she is attractive, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Have you noticed the new wrinkles? Give her 5 years, beauty and fame will be gone. You news people will be the laughing stock of American news.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  40. Fred

    Hurt the GOP, Sarah makes me laugh more than any politician ever. I just hope she doesn't cause women to lose the right to vote.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  41. James Hay

    I think Governor Palin is doing a wonderful job injecting life in what is really a very dull batch of GOP hopefuls up to now. There's no way she can hurt the party. She's pulling great crowds everywhere she goes. She speaks for the vast majority of Republicans and is the only one saying what they (especially the Tea Party and other true conservatives) want to hear. I honestly believe she is their one bright star and their best hope to send Obama home to Illinois next year. I'm rooting for her.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  42. Mycroft

    Repulicans don't have realistic chance 2012 regardless what Palin does. Bush, Cheney and Rove destroyed our country so thoroughly, by TAX Cuts for the rich, Spending more money than every President combined, borrowing a huge sum of money from China to pay for a War in Iraq,a country which had nothing to do with 9/11, but was willing to sell Oil at twenty dollars a barrel. Gasoline jumped in price 300%. Utilities, food, well almost everything costs at least double,
    record amount of foreclosures,record unemployment. The Bush effect on our country will not be forgotten for decades and voters are asking what about all those jobs promised by the GOP elect congress. The GOP can't do anything right and more and more people are getting wise. Palin only is a eye candy for old guys, people in Alaska call her "the Quiter". She Is only out there for one reason, to keep the media from informing the mass'es, real news. Who ever is paying for her bus, her tour, is the only story about Palin that could be significant.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  43. kitty

    She`s a money maker. They`ll hang on to her as long as they can.They are USING her just like she USERS her kids. She`s too trashy to be a pres. of the U. S.Too much dirt under her rug.An egomaniac will accept any publicity she can get, good or bad. Just as long as they spell her name right. My web page showed 8 ways to spot a LIAR. She and trump fit that ticket to a "T".

    June 6, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  44. Gary H. Boyd

    Not at all Jack. And we here in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she's recently bought another home, are thinking she's really done that to be able to run for the Senate when Jon Kyle retires next year. We don't see her as a Presidential candidate Jack - we see her as a Senatorial candidate. Arizona's had 2 Presidential candidates - Barry Goldwater and John McCain - both of whom lost big time and there's no such thing as "3rd time's the charm" in Presidential politics. Look for Palin to run for the Senate next year Jack.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    June 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  45. dan in capitola

    Hurting their chances, I'd say. Their only hope is to have the Tea Party House members keep the economy cratered and then blame it solely on Obama.
    Palin just shows that it's all about HER. She's recklessly narcissistic and I loved seeing her squirm and try to brazen it out when asked about Paul Revere' ride, something any child could answer.

    In the words of Keith Olbermann, "That woman is an idiot".

    Now we have Rick "Culture War" Santorum, he of the incredibly conflicted Far Right who want to "get government off the backs of the people" unless you're a woman or gay or non-white. THEN it's entirely the business of Govt to tell you how to live and what you can or can't do with your own body.
    This GOP/TP primary fight is already providing reams of material for late night TV and it's only going to get better. It's a race to the bottom where the Salem Witch Trials await anyone who doesn't go along with the proto-fascist right agenda. Romney is already toast and the rest of the field is a bad joke (or bad dream).

    June 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  46. David Hamilton in Dayton, OH

    Hurting. She's pushing serious candidates so far to the right that they may be unelectable. She's trivializing important issues and her goofy views will be attributed to the whole Republican party (Rush Limbaugh does this all the time). Finally, she steals what little media coverage the large field of candidates might otherwise get. And that's just for starters.

    If Sarah follows through on her threat and attacks or criticizes candidates who disagree with her, her mischief quota may go through the roof. Ask Paul Ryan how he feels after the Gingrich-Trump 1-2 punch. Of course maybe no candidate will ever disagree with Sarah, at any time, on any subject. I've always suspected Paul Revere was a pro-British agitator and probably one of the founders of the NRA.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  47. Pete in Georgia

    Stunt ??
    Was Katie Couric's devious underhanded interview of yesteryear a stunt ??
    Is the daily.....................unfair, misleading, misguided treatment of Sarah Palin by the liberal mainstream media a stunt ??
    Is the slanderous treatment of anyone who isn't a product of the phony northeastern, ivy league elitist and enlightened Clique a stunt ??

    Please enlighten us poor, unenlightened, plain, common sense folks, won't you Jack ??

    June 6, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  48. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Maybe she should take a midnight ride thru Washington yelling Sarah's coming, Sarah's comming to the White House. There are politicians that are crooks and then there are others who are wacko and she fits into both groups. She's hurting the Republicans, thank goodness.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  49. Peg in NY

    Sarah Palin's publicity stunt is hurting Republicans.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  50. Patricia Bobzien

    Re: sarah palin. Did she ever hear of Wm. Dawes? It is my understanding that he is the one actually made the famous ride after Mr. Revere was captured by the British. Maybe she should do a little research before she opens her mouth. But that may be asking too much, Since she is is usually wrong about . She isn"t helping the GOP with her talk.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  51. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    She is the shiny object that has our attention while the GOP allows corporations to do whatever they want. Our inattention to deregulation allowed investment banks to speculate with bad mortgages that were bundled and somehow rated AAA, allowed BP to skirt proper drilling practices and procedures and cut mine safety enforcement funding for Massey Energy with tragically lethal results.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  52. judy king

    I think that simple minded people need to realize that Saint Palin is the one who is making a mockery of the country, she likes to be know as a rogue because she is sucking the money out of their wallets all the while padding her bank account. Wake up real Americans the Palin family is all about talking the money and run, she has all of you thinking that the black man in the white house wants to take over your country and make it the laughing stock of the world, yes America you are becoming the laughing stock of the world but not due to the black man in the white house, it because of that greedy woman from Alaska who sees you all as suckers, the Palin family has really taken perfected the art of instilling fear in the American public by robbing them blind. How many of you have have two houses like the gorilla from Wasilia. Saint Palin you have no morals whatsoever, heck even your children are now into reality shows, I guess that's what Saint Palin means when she talks about faith family and the flag, the Palin family needs to get an education once and for all, she gets no points for taking her kids out of school to teach them about American history something that she knows nothing about.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  53. michelle

    Sarah Palin is a waste of human air,this bimbo needs to sit down, shut up and get lost. Yes she is hurting the Republican party a great deal, simply by opening her mouth and proving time and time again that the republican party is full of nothing but old tired windbags.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  54. Mark

    She is hurting the Republican chances in 2012 big time because Romney should be the only candidate in the Republican party to give them a better chance at beating Obama. He already leads in the polls. He is their only chance. The Republicans need to team up as one instead of fighting against each other for by their contention among themselves they will lose in 2012 and that is a fact not an opinion.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  55. Peter Bonafonte, Tarrytown, N.Y.

    Has to help those running.
    Her recent statements about Paul Revere helping the British then her defense of them on FOX make the declared candidates look intellegent.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  56. Thom Richer

    Sarah Palin's quest for celebrity and notoriety is based on purely selfish motives. It can do no good to anyone other than her (and that is a maybe) and will only cause problems come election time for the Republican Party. If the Right has not learned this from the 2008 campaign and the past 3 years of glory seeking by her, then they are as much to blame as Palin. I can only think that she has an awful lot of dirt on an awful lot of those in the party for them to continue supporting her ridiculous stunts and tolerating them without distancing themselves from her. Sarah Palin is a nobody in politics. She holds no office, she quits everything she starts, she claims to be the all-American mom while never being at home with family, she wastes money on selfish notoriety, and is not an informed woman. She is a festering furuncle on the backs of any serious Republican presidential hopeful. She should not be taken seriously or given any credence.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    June 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  57. Hongli ,Ontario Canada

    Sarah Palin is a rolling stone gathering no moss and the dead-weight she's carrying is definitly pulling down the Republican Party that is filled to it's maxium with "TRASH".

    June 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  58. calaurore9

    I'm listening to local radio talk show today and even the rabid tea partiers think Palin's become a bad joke. Plus, she's nasty and demeaning in her criticism of moderate Repubs. So, her stunt is hurting their chances.

    Carol in Mass.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  59. KCG

    No doubt she is hurting the GOP. Sarah Palin should see the writing on the wall, that she has no chance of winning the GOP nomination. Furthermore, thus far, she has failed to provide any substance to the presidential race. She did not provide any in 2008 race and certainly, nothing to add for the 2012 race. Only thing person that have gained, has been Sarah Palin with her book and television deals. SHE GAVE UP ON HER CIVIL DUTY AS THE GOVERNOR OF ALASKA and sold them out. What makes you think she can be good for the GOP and for the rest of the Americans! I have nothing against her personally, but wish she would quietly fade away into the sunset of her new home in AZ.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  60. Kevin in CA

    Irrelevant – all that matters is it makes money for Sarah Palin (TM).

    June 6, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  61. andyz Lynn, MA

    The only asset Sarah has is that she looks good in a apir of high heels. Other than that let's all remember one simple fact; she quit! She is able to fascinate and intellectually challenge the average eight year old. She is most assuredly not Mensa. Personally, I hope she runs the Republican Party into its death throes.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  62. METALWORKER

    Heck no. She will run. She will win, and old fuddydudys like you, and you are legion, will sit infront of your T'V's with drool running off of your chinsover her while she sends NUKES streaming around the world.

    Think Jack, think long and hard, you may just get what you wish for.

    METALWORKER in IL

    June 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  63. Donald in New Mexico

    Palin is a joke you don't seem to get. The joke IS on the Republicans. Who knew McCain had such a sense of humor. This primary season the Republicans will change the old rule " Tho shall not speak badly of fellow Republicans". Palin is the most divisive politician I have ever seen. She will say or do anything to promote her celebrity. She incites the uneducated and the bigots. Her Paul Revere historical revision is just the latest of the joke that is the 1/2 term quitter, Sarah Palin. Run, Sarah, run. Late nite tv really,really wants you.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  64. Jerry Johns Creek, GA

    Sarah Palin is irrelevant. She makes for interesting media coverage but could not and will not be a serious candidate. Republican chances in 2012 will depend solely on the team selected to run against Obama and Biden. Why does the media devote so much interest in Sarah Palin? Get serious!

    June 6, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  65. Steve, NY

    The only reason Sarah Palin, yes, is hurting the GOP because the Media wants it that way. You keep on giving her the exposure. The more exposure she gets the more money she makes. The more exposure the media gives her the more the voters will figure out the game the media is playing to belittle the Republican partry. Most people are not dumb, they know the Media's strategy, which is to help the Democrats elect Obama again in 2012. The way to elect Obama is to monopolize the air time for a looser like Palin. The winners like Romney gets the leftovers.
    CNN should run an experiment, give Sarah Palin zero coverage for 90 days (if CNN can stand it). During that time give Romney the coverage and then run a poll. After 90 days most people will have forgotten Palin.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  66. Riley - Seattle

    The Republican establishment should throw this woman a parade! Has there ever been a better warm-up act? Even the Donald fizzled by comparison. As long as shiny Sarah Palin is out there selfishly promoting her brand and sucking up 2012 oxygen, she'll keep the base from drifting off to sleep to the likes of a recycled Romney and a prosaic Pawlenty–until a true standard-bearer, like a consequential Chris Christie, can rise to the occasion .

    June 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  67. Joe CE

    Whether or not Palin's stunt helps or hurts the GOP remains to be seen, In any case it has incresed intrestr in US history. We are learn hither to unknown things such as Paul Revere warning the British.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  68. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    If a vapid babbling know-nothing were to help the republican party then this is a sad state of the nation. Would somebody please bring back Eisenhower? I liked Ike.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  69. Joe CE

    Whether or not Palin's stunt helps or hurts the GOP remains to be seen, In any case it has incresed intrestr in US history. We are learn hither to unknown things such as Paul Revere warning the British. If this is a duplicate, Plain's the next President.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  70. Sandstone.

    "Trying to locate you Jack becomes more complicated each time?? So you're on Sarah's back again??? Are you really scared what power a woman may have over you!! What is this all about, that Barack Obama (is not his real name) changed his name in BC Canada?? He is the young guy you still believed ln last, no matter what stories were coming out; you ignored them all. Ok she says she not running! I don't blaim her, and I believe her. But she wants her name back! Not the slander from all males, who just feel they may fall to pieces, under Sarah's power. She will not run, Jack, but she will do all she can to get a Republican elected. There are no other women on the scene. Hillary has told Obama where to go, and he has no chance by himself this time. So no!!!!! NO she has not hurt anyone!"

    June 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  71. Jarrell L.A.

    Sarah Palin is getting exactly what she wants, which is to be a celebrity. The media is wasting time following around a lady who cant even get our countries history right. To answer your question, every republican who says anything is hurting the republicans chance. They hurt themselves every time they try to force the radical Ryan care plan down the throats of the American people. They are hurting themselves every time they are on T.V. taking a position on a certain topic, and then a day later they are saying the total opposite of what they were filmed saying days before. The biggest problem they have is that they do not have anyone better then President Obama. So they are hoping that our citizens are so politically ignorant that they can win by lies and mass confusion.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  72. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    Jack,

    Who does it hurt ? Anyone with a brain.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  73. M. Floyd

    Every time she opens her mouth, she hurts their chances.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  74. M. Floyd - Texas

    Yes, she hurt them last time, and she is hurting them more now. she needs to sit down and shut up.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  75. Jim

    Sarah's bus tour and publicity stunt won't hurt the Republicans, but just wait until she runs for President. Sarah being on the Republican debate team will be a reminder of the risk John McCain put this country in when he tapped her to be his VP.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  76. Ken from Pinon Hills. California

    NO. The only thing that can hurt the Republican party would be the economy improving by election day.

    As for Palin, she will continue to give Tina Fey material as long as the media keeps her in the spotlight.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  77. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    At the end of the day, one "normal Republican" candidate will appear. As long you YOU, the media keep following the bus (drinking the kool-aid) you offer nothing but blind publicity to the daughter of Paul Revere (I think he invented Reverware?).
    When its primary time, we can separate the (fill in your own blank). Its all Trumpesque right now. Fun and games in the summer.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  78. Mary Elder

    I don't know if she's hurting Republicans, and don't particularly care. I just wonder if the "lame stream media," as she calls it, realizes how ridiculous they look chasing after her. If they ignored her, she'd come courting them soon enough.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  79. Steve, Clifton, VA

    Ms. Palin obviously is demonstrating who are and who are not viable candidates, therefore she is helping to Republican party by showing she is not a viable candidate.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  80. antonio

    So this is what we have become the news now replaces Lucy.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  81. Dennis north carolina

    Republicans may hate two words which are Sarah Palin.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  82. Michael,New York

    Thank God , YES! But after all, getting a "reality show" is all she wants. Maybe she can team team up with "Snooki". The Jersey Shore meets the Wassily Hillbilly. Snooki will have to be the smart one though.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  83. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    It only hurts if she runs and wins the nomination. Anything else will be seen by most as self-promotion, which is a reflection on her, not the GOP.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  84. Mark in Oklahoma City

    Publicity Stunt?? Jack, I'm shocked that you would come to that conclusion! By the way, you don't happen to have a copy of her whistle-stop bus tour do you?

    June 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  85. Linda Nielsen

    Stunt I thought it was a circus. She is ridiculous, who goes on a family trip without their family. I always paint my bus when I go on vacation and don't want media attention. I also leave half my family home. But the biggest thing I do is eat pizza with a fork . She does not help anyone but herself.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  86. DGH

    Everything about $arah Palin is fraudulent. She has proven on many occasions to be largely ignorant when it comes to any FACTUAL ACCURACY, yet here she is, running around the country's most notable historic sites, pretending to teach the rest of us about American history. It's theater of the most gruesome variety.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  87. Cy Gardner

    Palin is the perfect GOP poster girl. When people see how selfish, arrogant, ignorant and, possibly, deranged she is and think, "This is what the Republicans consider presidential material?" , they will think twice about voting against the grown ups in the Democratic Party.
    You could say the same thing about Trump, Newt and Michelle Bachman/ but, so far they don't have a gaudy bus. Cy Arlington, VA

    June 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  88. pat in michigan

    Oh I think it is hurting the Republicans.If the Party cannot control one spoiled rotton publicity hound and get her to school up before she runs her mouth ,thenwhat kind of an example is that to the American people.
    The Republican party need to divorce themselves from their pet network and stand on their own two feet based on policy and issue not photo ops and sound bites.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  89. Chuck from Maryland

    The more we hear from her the dopier she sounds, as do her party-mates who keep feigning cursory support. Politicians just don't get it, do they Jack? Play to your strengths! Americans want to hear the words of Anthony Weiner and gawk at lewd photos of Sarah Palin. Instead we get only the opposite, and both are embarrassing.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  90. Jenny from Nanuet, NY

    It's helping, if by "helping" you mean helping the Republicans lose to President Obama in '12.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  91. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, she who should not be criticized is setting herself up for one of two options: the first is to manipulate the Republican base into begging her to run for President; the second is to put herself in a position to dictate to the Republican base who they should nominate to run and what the platform of the party will contain. Either way, she stands out to all Americans what the Republican party really stands for; greed, bigotry and the right of the rich to run America as they see fit.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  92. Dariel, Santa Rosa, CA.

    I don't think Sarah Palin can hurt the Republican Party other than stealing a few votes.
    I think most people view her as a comedian.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  93. richard a. winkler

    Sara Palin is a stupid idiot. Anything she does hurts the Republicans.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  94. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    With Sarah out there touring the country Obama can just relax and not even campaign.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  95. Karl in Flint

    Sarah Palin has been one big publicity stunt every since John McCain introduced her as his VP choice. She can draw a cheering crowd of the IQ challenged, say most anything they want to hear but they don’t realize that what she is saying is fantasy and not in the real world. As far as 2012, the Republicans have to either trash her stupidity and throw her under the bus somehow or suffer the loss for thinking she was an asset. Thinking Republicans aren’t impressed.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  96. Matt from Munster, IN

    Yes she is. She's touring the nation to promote an appreciation for the Constitution and this country's history, while she's proven time and time again that she doesn't know a lick about either. Her words are alienating all those who aren't hardline conservatives. If the GOP has any chance at winning in 2012, they need to bring back centrists and independents, something which Sarah Palin cannot do.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  97. tonie from OK

    She has made a lot of money over the scare tactics that people fall for in this political climate with manufactored false stoires and very good at getting people to vote agianst their self interest. Who knows, I think she hurts their party.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  98. Allen from PA

    The media needs to stop covering Sarah Palin. She clearly lacks credability to run as a leader for this great country and the majority of Americans believe she is simply a distraction for the real issues that our country is facing. She couldn't finish her term as a governor and obviosuly does not know her US history. Maybe the media should see if she ever received a high school diploma before they waste anymore time covering her silly stunts where she consistently distorts the facts and reality

    June 6, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  99. curtis in philadelphia

    What does she care, its all about Sarah. Maybe if you guys in the media would just ignore her, she'd go away, that's what I do with my nephew, and it works Jack.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  100. Mr. D

    Some day history will recalled the ride of Sarah Palin in the spring of 2011, warning the people of this country not to vote for her. I hope we all get the facts straight-now and in the future.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  101. Nancy, Tennessee

    Sarah continues to get coverage for all the wrong reasons. I'm sick of hearing about her, but the publicity is serving a purpose. Some of the people who might support her in a bid for president might not after she shows her ignorance.I would say that at least 90% of the people of the United States over the age of eight years old know about Paul Revere. She is hurting every American not just the Republican party with her publicity stunts. She gives me a terrible case of heartburn because she makes women look bad too.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  102. JENNA

    Is Sarah Palin's publicity stunt helping or hurting Republican chances in 2012?

    Palin's base is limited to the Tea-hadists. But since she calls herself a Republican she is actually hurting that party. I heard she is planning on running as a Independent. I think she should.

    4 MORE YEARS – 4 MORE YEARS – 4 MORE YEARS – 4 MORE YEARS

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    June 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  103. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Sarah Palin hurt the Republican party in 2008 and if they haven't learn anything yet, if she's given a chance, she will bury them.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  104. Greg Cox of Bremerton, WA

    Jack
    I am amazed. I am shocked. Is it true that Sarah Palin is a graduate of the George W. Bush, Jr. School of Political Speech Incorrectness? It must be because Sarah Palin puts her foot in her mouth so often she's becoming as wealthy as George, Jr. I just can't believe that so many individuals take her as a serious candidate for any public office let alone give her the press and media coverage she really doesn't deserve. Oh, good for the Republican Party. No!

    June 6, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  105. Cyrus

    Sarah is good at weeping up sentiments and that will help the party because that is essentially what they thrive in. Yes she is helping the party but how far this would do harm the democrats depends on all other Americans.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  106. Charles of Oregon

    Well, Jack, I think Palin's narcissism IS most definitely hurting the Republicans– and the longer she's on her "non-campaign" trail the more hurt she'll apply..... If you think her Paul Revere gaffe, & her inability to admit her mistake, were hurtful, stick around, the Palin Cartoons will continue! Next Question: Is Palin, like Trump, just another secret weapon the Democrats have deployed?
    I predict that Palin will be fading from view by this August.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  107. Sam, Palm Valley, FL

    If Sarah Palin is EVER elected POTUS, I will do the unthinkable: Emigrate to France!

    June 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  108. Russ From Reno NV

    I am suggesting to my Democratic friends to register as Republicans and vote for Sarah in the primaries to insure a Democratic sweeping victory.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  109. Ana

    Sarah Palin is just a NOISEMAKER.
    Empty head, no substance, just a squeaky wheel.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  110. NM in TX

    Jack,
    Sara works the press like a master puppeteer. She makes inane comments and gets millions of dollars worth of free publicity. This keeps her speaking fees high and her ghost written book sales up.
    She could not even manage being mayor of a tiny Alaska town which she left millions of dollars in debt and she quit as governor of Alaska. Why do we have to be regaled with her foolishness. It is time for her to go home and take care of her special needs child.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  111. Les Coleman

    What Republican chances?

    June 6, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  112. rick in northern california

    Thankfully every time she opens her mouth she hurts the republicans. Thank god she won't shut it. This woman will NEVER be president. She is an idiot of the first degree. What do you think the woman bashing leaders of the world are gonna do with her? The middle east leaders treat women like dirt. You really think they are going to do business with her?

    June 6, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  113. AB

    Sarah Palin is a glaring distraction who will definitely hurt the Republican Party's efforts to recapture the White House and a total Congressional Majority. She is not a serious candidate who has any cintilla of a chance of winning the Republican nomination. She obviously flunked American History when she made inaccurate statements about Paul Revere. Her bus trip is a publicity stunt to burnish her public image and boost her speaking fees and notthing more. The media should drop Palin like a bad habit and focus on people who are serious contenders for the Republican Presidential Nomination.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  114. Roy

    We can only hope!

    June 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  115. angie

    Yes she is hurting the Republican chances and I feel for the moderates. On the other hand she is a walking ad for more education dollars!

    angie
    Hot Springs,AR

    June 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  116. Matt

    What Palin is doing is poison to the Republican party. She doesn't care though. She's such an unbelievable attention hound. She'll run for president just to get more people to watch her reality show, or to buy her book. John McCain created a monster. And he should be ashamed of himself.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  117. Mark C

    The question is not whether she is hurting the GOP but whether she is hurting American brains in general. Every time she speaks, and every time the public has to hear her mindless rambles, America gets a little bit dumber.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  118. KIM V.

    She is not helping the GOP. She is helping the DEMS and every comedian out there with every uneducated remark she makes.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  119. Tony

    Jack,

    Are you serious?... On the day that one of your liberal heros goes down in flames you actually try to go on air and bash someone on the right?... Way too transparent... Loser...

    Tony
    Riverside CA

    June 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  120. Lee V.

    I believe that all of her stunts will ultimately help the eventual GOP nominee, who I think will be Mitt Romney. She draws a lot of attention to herself from people who normally wouldn't follow politics. Romney, in turn, gets additional coverage in comparison to Palin.

    In comparison to Palin, Mitt Romney looks more and more Presidential and like someone who can lead this country through an economic crisis.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  121. Nick Kelsh

    Sarah Palin is my all-time favorite politician for all of the wrong reasons.
    I just love watching her taint her fellow republican with her seventh-grade
    cheerleader logic. Like I said, I'm in love with her and hope she keeps doing damage.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  122. Kat

    Sarah definitely hurts the GOP & the image of women in politics in general. Why is it that the media acknowledges someone with a "pretty face" and little intelligence? Women in politics who are strong & intelligent should be beautiful enough. This is simply embarrassing and people should realize they are just paying for her family's expensive and undeserved vacation. All that money could be used to help Joplin tornado victims, or the hungry, or the unemployed in our country. Instead the media is keeping this person who has poor qualifications for any position in the spotlight. Ridiculous.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  123. karen meyer

    Oh my, where do I start. ..I rather liked her Revere "story" as
    told by our 40ish beauty queen. Can't believe so many are deceived by her quest for $$$$$$. The thought of her and the "red" button staggers me. Just say no.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  124. Jini from Virginia

    I just LOVE Sarah Palin! What she is doing is great for our country, so please keep posting her adventures. Obama is secretly cheering everytime you do... (me too)!

    June 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  125. Max

    Is Sarah Palin still a politician? How can a reality tv star hurt the Republican party?

    June 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  126. Tom Barrister from Las Vegas NV

    It's probably helping. As she did in 2008, she'll make a total fool out of herself, the other contenders will distance themselves from her, and it give them more relative credibility. In my opinion, she's doing the presidential race to further her real goals: marketing herself for more money on the speaker circuit and elsewhere.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  127. Wayne - Orlando

    Jack, I have a really good idea.... why don't we ALL (media included) ignore this woman! Maybe then, we can get down to serious business. Sarah Palin is an unnecessary distraction.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  128. Canute Chiverton (Houston, Texas)

    Lets paint a scenario. The GOP is the ship, every ship has an anchor on board. In this case the anchor is Sara Palin. The anchor has fallen overboard. Guess where this ship is going? You guessed it, Nowhere!

    June 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  129. Elizabeth Eisner

    The GOP should be GOPOI, Grand Old Party of Idiots!

    June 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  130. Ralph, Corona NYC

    Jack –

    YES it will. Its a regular comical line up for the GOP these days. With this kind of line up, Obama should have no problem clinching the '12 election.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  131. Marty Pulvers

    What Sarah Palin presence is doing to the Republican Party is moot.
    The question is whether her involvement is good or really good for
    the Democrats.
    Marty Pulvers
    Mountain View, Calif.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  132. Gary Duffett

    She is a joke, and just "LOVES THE FREE PUBLICITY" the networks keep giving her. ---– Sarah will not run, and her only concern is the obvious one – $$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Gary – Nevada

    June 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  133. USNA Ancient

    I doubt it ... they do more than enough to hurt their own chances without any help from sarah "the joke" palin ! That said, she sure as hell doesn't do them any good ... at least insofar as sapient human beings are concerned !

    June 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  134. Trevor, Kailua, HI

    HURTING!!!! She's a blubbering idiot. As an independent, I'm already leaning Democrat for 2012. The Tea Party makes me laugh and will only split the GOP

    June 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  135. James T

    Yes. The more Sarah Palin makes the GOP look like "The Stupid Party," the harder it will be for them to win the general election. Like Obama or not, if someone like a Palin or a Trump or a Bachmann gets put into a debate with him, they're finished.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  136. Lance

    I love it that Sarah Palin is getting so much press for her stunts. I cheer every time I see her pull another stunt on television. Why? Because everytime she pulls a stunt and get a lot of press coverage, she's scaring away this many more moderates away. I'm simply surprised that nobody in the GOP has told her to go away yet.

    So, to answer your question, yes, she is absolutely hurting the Republican chances in 2012. And that works for me.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  137. Cynthia

    Sarah Palin is hurting the Republican Party by stealing all the attention from other (possibly) intelligient candidates.. But she is a shameless liar so she should fit right in, in Washington.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  138. Doug

    Sarah Palin is the new ring leader of the republician parties traveling circus. What a joke she is.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  139. Red Lewis

    Sure she's hurting the GOP party. You go girl! I for one hopes she runs, so she can continue to revise the history books in her own unique way. We can all use the good laughs for the next year and a half!

    June 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  140. Mike

    Hey Jack,

    As a Democrat, i love what Sarah is doing right now, she's taking all that energy from the republican voters away from all the real GOP candidates. Personally I hope that if she does run for president, she wins the GOP primary so that Obama can pick up an easy victory. And Jack, I highly doubt I'm the only Democrat that thinks this way.

    – Mike Flores
    Oshkosh, WI

    June 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  141. Bender - South Africa

    Forget Hurting the GOP. Having her all over the news again is Hurting me. I was annoyed enough with her silly comments in 2008 and now it seems i have to listen to them all over again. It is kinda fun seeing her digging that hole deeper and deeper again though.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  142. Bob in Bradenton, FL

    It's neither helping nor hurting. Palin's message still appeals to conservatives but her person will never be acceptible to the party as a presidential candidate. Simply too many oddities associated with her. She knows it. She's only looking to have a seat at the table so she can influence the direction of the party.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  143. Gary Jenkins, Newport, TN.

    I think Sarah Palin is helping the GOP....by the way who is the guy asking the question?...Jack Who?

    June 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  144. BillybobJimmyJo

    Lord have mercy, the woman is dumber than a box of hammers; thank the Gods she's on the GOP team! Makes me smile every time I see her bloviating for the GOP. Go Sarah go!

    June 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  145. Brad Salls

    Unfortunately, both! She is for herself, not America! She has a lot of people fooled....

    June 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  146. rich grim

    Sarah palin is a joke. She is distracting from the overall
    republication candidate selection–but then there isn't
    much in the way of candidates yet,

    June 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  147. Patti

    Jack,
    That was a joke, right? Henry DAVID Longfellow?? I sure hope you know that "Paul Revere's Ride" was written by Henry WADSWORTH Longfellow. You did make me wonder what Henry David Thoreau would have made of Sarah Palin.
    Patti

    June 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  148. David Moss

    Hurting. BTW, who paid for that tour? Some 'unfair and unbalanced' media outlet?

    June 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  149. Ray

    The sad thing is that the nonesense that Palin spews does not hurt her chances of nomination. Her follows/fans just think all she does is wonderful & don"t understand her mis-statements.

    At the same time, I think the Democrats would be relived if she does not run, clearly she is a polorizing figure & can get a mass of fans together as reflected with last elections tea party sucess.

    Palin – Weiner ticket

    June 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  150. Austin Haynes, WV

    Jack,
    I think her publicity stunt will hurt Republicans, especially herself. If she runs for president then it makes her look like less of a woman trying to interrupt Mitt Romeny's announcement. Most everybody knows that she will most likely run for president next year.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  151. George

    Sarah Palin degrades the quality of political discourse in the US Generally. If she wasn't good looking, no one would listen to anything she says.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  152. Denny from Tacoma

    Whatever she is doing to discomboobulate the Republican Party, I am all for it !!! What a freak show!!!

    June 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  153. Anand

    I have a love hate relationship with Sara Palin Jack. These days I have started loving her ever more. I just hope that Republicans would not wake up from their dream to realize how self serving she is.

    BTW Jack, When did you start getting interested in Sarah Palin?

    June 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  154. Les

    Palin is not a viable candidate for President. She needs to step away and quit muddying the waters so the real candidates can be clearly observed by the voters without the distraction she brings. Her presence only hurts her party and it's time for her to put her ego aside and come to terms with reality.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  155. Charlotte Campbell

    I think she's hurting not only the GOP but the image of our nation. I have a lot of foreign friends who can't believe someone like her gets so much publicity.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  156. Carl, Toronto, Ontario

    It would hurt Republican chances if sane people voted Republican. As it stands, the only things that could discredit a Republican candidate are eloquence or basic intelligence.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  157. EARNEST DAVIS

    Here is the question Jack. Why do you and other reporters continue to constantly give Sarah Palin the time of day!

    June 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  158. DeSean

    palin needs to get a real job

    June 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  159. Matt, Little Rock

    Sarah Palin is a failed politician. She hurts the Republicans just by opening her mouth. She's an idiot, and I regret voting for McCain in 2008 because of how she's behaved since the end of that election. She's proven that she doesn't know anything about international politics or policies, North American geography, and now, American history (which all politicians should know every major detail of). She does nothing constructive, only criticizes anything she disagrees with, and has yet to give one idea on how to fix anything.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  160. John Crocker

    Of course Palin is helping the GOP with her tour.

    Anything that switches the focus from Ryan's "Kill Medicare" budget bill will help.

    But not for long. Long at New York 26!

    Crock in the Keys

    June 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  161. Molly

    It's doing neither, Jack. At this point, the American public is so used to Palin's antics that most of us have learned to ignore then. We fully understand her narcissistic needs. All that's missing is clown suits to make it at least bit more interesting!

    June 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  162. Lady AZ

    It seems that the media is given Ms. Palin a lot of publicity whether she is right or wrong, dump or smart, stupid or vindictive. I think she is hurting the GOP, and she is also a narcisistic lady that have issues with your self esteem. She's not a good representative of women or a politician. She needs to stay home and take care of her husband and her children and rethink all the mess that she's causing. I don't think she is presidential material or for that matter for any elected office. I'm so frustrated that she's on the news everywhere I turn and unfortunately she's even in the living rooms, kitchen table across America. Please, we need to move forward with what is important in this country. We need good leaders and she is not a good example.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  163. Sylvia h

    Hurting... Democratic party... Winning, men just like to look at her.... Whatever....

    June 6, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  164. Greg

    Sarah Palin is all about Sarah Palin and no one else. This is all about look at me.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  165. Aesop

    The famous fable of old tells of a lively, confident fly that sat on the chariot of popularity, that when the latter ran, it observed the state of the wheel, and boasted, " behold the dust I have raised".

    June 6, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  166. Tom

    Not sure if she is hurting or helping the Republican Party with her Bus tour, BUT she is sure giving us all a good laugh at how she is playing you guys in the mainstream media. Personally, I love it!

    June 6, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  167. Gary

    The fact that anyone evens pays attention to Sarah Palin and her rantings is proof in itself that we have serious problems. If a person has enough money, makes enough noise, they can get elected President.
    It just goes to show you don't have to know much about history or anything at all, to get elected to political office. That's scary!

    June 6, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  168. Rob

    Until recently, it seemed that the Quitta' from Wassila was keeping a lower profile, which allowed me to actually give the other GOP contenders some contemplative attention. Now that she's shrilled her way back into the spotlight, not only is she continuing to prove she's a mess, but she makes the entire right wing establishment look dunderheaded by association. More terrifying to our nation's future, there are people out there so cluless themselves that they actually support her.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  169. Ken in NC

    Is Sarah Palin an emarrassment to the chances of the Republican Party in 2012? This woman is an eternal embarrassment to the word "Embarrassment".

    June 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  170. Tone

    Yes – as long as she continues to flirt with a run for president (which she is never going to do – the money she makes now is too tempting AND she is certain to lose to Obama, IF she can even beat Romney). She is the bull in the china shop of conservative pundits; the 800lb. gorilla on the back of GOP candidates who are routinely forced to come up with excuses for her increasingly bizarre interpretations of history, politics and policy; she is the mouse that frightens the horde of real elephants at the circus of republican politics.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  171. Gretchen

    Jack ,just to ask that question,blows my mind.She's still getting media coverage,even though she's a quitter,and she may have been one of the reasons Mccain lost.To me what she is ,is obvious,you people are the ones lost on the fact that she is a money grubbing "s" starter who appeals to the lowest form of individual.Sarah and Donald trump are laughing all the way to the bank,getting free advertisement on a reputable station like CNN and going around america getting money from a bunch of zombie "dupes".

    June 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  172. Joe

    Palin is epitomizes the Republican campaign, which apparently is all about ... if I repeat lies often enough, then everyone will believe her. Palin hurts the credibility of all narcissistic tabloid politicians, which includes all parties, not just the GOP.

    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    June 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  173. Ros - Illinois

    Maybe her idiocy is helping the republicans because people are seeing how stupid she is and will vote for someone else. She thinks she knows it all. I sure would like to buy her for what she is worth and sell her for what she really is worth. Fox news must be using her for a puppet. They probably have a good laugh when she goes out the door.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  174. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    I think that 2012 is so far away that it is unclear whether Sarah Palin's publicity stunts are helping or hurting Republican chances in 2012. However I do believe that calling Sarah Palin "just a kook" is about as much of an understatement as saying that "The Pope is just a Catholic." I think that the amount of media coverage that Palin gets over her publicity stunts is ridiculous when there are so many other serious people who have serious things to say about serious issues that really matter.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  175. Jane

    Palin is not hurting the Republican's chances in 2012. She is only continuing to make a fool of herself, galavanting across the country in that big tacky, gas guzzling bus, dragging her child along, and dressed to attract foolish men and wanna be Palin women. She is an abomination, an embarrassment to all intelligent women of any political petsuassion. She needs to go back to Alaska and stare out of her kitchen window at Russia. I cannot believe the attention she receives.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  176. Mark Farmer

    Mark Farmer
    Juneau, Alaska

    Jack,

    As a longtime Alaskan and journalist, I've watched Sarah Palin closely.
    There is only one thing that matters to her: adoration.
    It is all about her, always has been and always will be. She is not only a danger to the GOP but also to our country and our way of governance.
    -Mark Farmer

    June 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  177. Samuel, Washington DC

    I think that Sarah is hurting herself.. She is "Grandstanding". The Dem's don't think much of it and I don't think the Rep's are liking it either. I feel that she is making bad bed fellows here in WDC and with the Rep's. All of this is going to bite her in the rear when she doesn't have any good friends in politics.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  178. Ann

    My husband and I are Republicans but PLEASE let there be someone else to run. We do not see Palin as a viable candidate. We will not vote for her, she just doesn't have what it takes.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  179. Keith Weber, NJ

    Although I think she is hurting her own political career, to answer the question, I do not think she is necessarily hurting the Republican party's chances in 2012. I never thought she was a viable candidate to begin with. The republicans want to put someone on the ballot that will be electable and Palin has never been. She is viewed by almost 65% of independents unfavorably. She was always more of a celebrity (her daughter's pregnancy and the dancing with the stars stunt & her reality show). If the Republicans want to win they will take Palin's recent 1st grade level speech about American history and brush it aside. They should start worrying about their real candidates in this election like Huntsman and Romney.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  180. Jon Corl

    As someone who stands right of center, Palin does no justice for the Republican Party or those to that stand right of center.

    Palin clearly has identified a method to hardline into the common person with her self-described 'tough-talk'. However, her 'tough-talk' lacks substance and depth. She strictly uses showmanship to prop up her fame. If she is in the pursuit of anything, it would be the fame she became addicted to during her VP campaign run.

    If she wants to do everyone a favor she would stop sitting on the fence and launch some cornball day-time talk show that discusses ratings-grabbing topics that will eventually be buried on some unheard of cable channel

    June 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  181. Ken

    Sarah Palin is just a symptom of the problem. The GOP continues to assault the intelligence of the American public. I'm at least pleased that the press decided to the call Sarah on Paul Revere's ride, maybe there's hope that the press will dispel the GOP's myth about mercury pollution being safe.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  182. Robert Flutie

    I'm a life long Republican, some 30 years since my first vote (which was for Ronald Reagan). I've met plenty of Republicans who were crafty about how they garnered attention from the media machine and Sarah Palin is not one if them. Palin is the buttoned up, hair in a bun version of the Conservative's Lady Gaga. She's already donned the American Flag short shorts for Newsweek, and the "raw meat dress" has already been done. What next, a bullet casing bra and panties?

    June 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  183. Anthony S

    Everything Sarah Palin does is a embarrassment not only for Republicans but the entire political arrena.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  184. Paul McBrayer

    As a conservative, I certainly feel that the Republican party has quite a hill to climb given the vast array of candidates in the mix. Sarah Palin in my opinion has done quite a bit of damage over time to here political appearance. Politicians making remarks on history better have the facts straight or be prepared to face necessary harsh criticism because historical inaccuracies are unacceptable!

    June 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  185. kim

    Sarah Palin is hurting the Republicans, but I don't think she cares whether she hurts any one. All she cares about it Sarah. She needs to go away but the longer she stay the better it is for President Obama.
    So let her keep doing what she is doing. She should even run for the president.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  186. Marty, Mt. Laurel, NJ

    She's probably hurting the GOP's chances for 2012; note how Obama hasn't been putting out any smear ads yet, it's probably because he doesn't need to. Palin's tendency to speak of things improperly like the Paul Revere gaffe would hang her campaign with her own words, should she actually want to run for office and pass up that paycheck from FOX. But give her some credit for trying to ride out the Paul Revere question by attempting an answer instead of the universal "no comment".

    June 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  187. Deng

    Sarah Palin is too way far from being a politician than a journalist. She is trying to be a politician but she doesn't that tongue that speak politics.
    I will blame John McCain for picking her in the first place as his Vice Presidential candidate in 2008 election. She is hurting Republican Party badly and we need her to distance herself from the GOP party. Otherwise, she can registered Tea Party as her own party. I am tired of her attitude.

    Deng
    TX

    June 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  188. john augustine

    Sarah palin is the angel of death for the republican party, and more power to her. We haven't seen a zoo like this collection of candidates in many moons. Obama outclasses the whole field without half trying, but if Sarah is the best they can come up with, the republicans might as well cash it in right now.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  189. Frank V. - Delran NJ

    Sarah Palin is a cancer to the Republican party and their chances to win back the White House. She knows she doesn’t stand a chance at getting the GOP nomination so she’s determined to make trouble for them. She'll clearly push for a Tea Party candidate (herself or someone she blesses) to run as a third party. This will fracture the Conservative vote like never before, paving the way for Obama to cruise back into the White House. Go Sarah!!! (from all Dems)

    June 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  190. valerie holcombe

    Sarah Palin is not only displaying a sick addiction to media attention, but also a pathetic penchant for megalomania. If she is not deliberately upstaging Romney and other substantial GOP presidential hopefuls, then she is doing a good job of revealing herself as a major clueless ding-a-ling in her mangled memorized utterances from Longfellow's classic poem. Or maybe she just got mixed up with another classic American poem by Poe with the exaggerated alliteration "O the bells, bells bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells. " Whatever her motive, she is a clanging, jangling, annoying noise on the current political scene.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  191. John Crocker

    Jack,

    Of course Palin is helping the GOP with her tour.

    Anything that switches the focus from Ryan's "Kill Medicare" budget bill will help.

    But not for long. Look at New York 26!

    Crock in the Keys

    June 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  192. Tim Doyle

    As a 21-year old college student, I feel very uncomfortable with the thought of Palin in the White House. Not only do I think my 11-year old sister knows American history better than her, but just think about her attempting to handle the issues in the Middle East...what a mess that would be. Jack, is it just me, or do you think that the Alaskan people were drinking the day she was elected governor?

    June 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  193. Jim N.Mex.

    Sarah Palin is blowing dust. She has no chance. GO RUDY!

    June 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  194. Reese Mitchell

    I think it should hurt the Republican's, but it seems her followers don't care about her continued missteps. They just keep supporting her no matter what. Accuracy, who needs accuracy.
    If she runs for President, it'll be great for President Obama and Tina Fey. Maybe her slogan could be: Sarah Palin: She's Special. Time will tell if she runs and FOX Broadcasting will be there to pickup the pieces and explain what she "really" means if she does run

    June 6, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  195. john mockus

    Where are all the republican talking heads .The ones in leadership positions.The ones who warned Al Frankin that congress was no place for comedians and their antics.
    They really don't think Palin is anything but a joke. Do they?
    She makes the whole party look silly.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  196. Eric Jensen

    Don't know if she's hurting or helping the GOP's chances, but what she is doing is making it more likely that the country will vote in another vacuous know-nothing windbag like GWB and herself. She is making ignorance look acceptable and even chic. We are no longer voting for the president of our country. Apparently, now we can only vote for student body president–or perhaps cheerleader. Go team USA! (insert frowny face here)

    June 6, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  197. Laura from Ohio

    The first serious republican candidate to distance themselves from Sarah Palin... yes, by actually criticizing her... will have the best chance at a win in 2012. The small percentage of republicans that support her will vote against Obama no matter who the republican candidate is. They need to focus on the independent vote... and I assure, the independents want no part of Sarah Palin. She is an embarrassment not just to the republican party, but to all of us for giving her so much attention. She belongs on the cover of the tabloids, not on CNN and company.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  198. Eli F

    Her drive to power and fame is what drives her, and not helping anyone else especially the Republican Party. The Republicans are afraid of someone they should bashing for her lack of knowledge and wisdom. If that is the case their chances of winning is nill to zero.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  199. Elaine Witmer

    Sarah Palin is a hugh problem for the GOP. She is her own worst enemy. She can't speak extemporaneously without saying something stupid. Her main objective is to be a celebrity, and she will do almost anything to get the public's attention. The thought of her being president is my worst nightmare.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  200. Jaeb

    Jack, what's funny is you know that question is ridiculous. If Palin is as uninformed and completely aloof as she has proven to be...then what does that say about those who follow her. That's what really scares me, is that people in this country actually take her serious. It should hurt the republican party but do you think they know the difference?

    -Jaeb

    June 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  201. M. D. Hartsough

    I believe that Sarah is doing a great job of distracting the Republican Party's chances of an opportunity for developing a viable candidate to face the President in the 2012 elections.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  202. Ghias Ahmed Bobby

    Mark my words, she will never run for president because of holes in her brain. She is stupid and she certainly doesn’t care about Republican Party, she is using party platform to promote herself. It’s all about Sarah Palin. People like Donald Trump and Sarah Palin giving Republican Party bad names.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  203. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    Yes sir! And I say rock on, girl! She's the true consciousness of conservative/tea party movement–superficial and ignorant (as well as hating) and unable to admit it. So I say eat your pizza with a fork and keeping going!

    June 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  204. Vidhya

    Sarah is GOP's best bet to win the PRESIDENCY since she has learnt to speak all the key words that it takes to WIN and for a change she will not keep us (US citizens) guessing the direction she will take America in the next 4 years.
    Vidhya
    Plainsboro, NJ

    June 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  205. Rosemary Hart

    She is an embarrassment to herself. Her family is a mess. The press loves her because she's stupid and will always provide a HIGHlarious soundbite for the evening news. Stop wasting time on her. The JOKE is over.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  206. Terri Paul

    I believe that Sarah Palin is a help to the Republican party and clearly putting the "left wing liberals" on their toes. She is one to pay attention to, so I wouldn't write off her yet...
    And just for the record, I find most CNN reporters to be very biased in their reporting, clearly "yellow journalism" at its worst.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  207. Barbara Vigil

    I certainly hope so. If this is the type person the GOP wants, then heaven help us all. I thinks FOX news should let her write and perform in her own sitcom. Sure to be a hit as much comedy as she already provides. From Huntsville AL

    June 6, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  208. Rod

    I think she is hurting the Republican party every time she opens her mouth. She would take heed to remember this quote, "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."

    Rod
    Jonesboro, Ga

    June 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  209. Gigi Oregon

    She is a great advertisement for the need of better pay for teachers and the need for support of education in the United States. I have been concerned, wondering what happened to American history is it being taught in schools today...apparently it's not.
    I think she is the Democratic parties dream come true candidate for the Republican party. All I can say is go Sarah Go...

    June 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  210. Gerald Primm

    Sarah Palin is definitely hurting the GOP's chances of electing a president in 2012. Sarah needs to go back and repeat third grade. Having her unlearned remarks connected with the GOP puts it in a bad light, as many independent voters are likely to say, "if this is the kind of intelligence the GOP has in its candidates, then we certainly don't want to elect a Republican." As a Democrat, I'm pleased with Palin's misrepresentation of the GOP, and equally pleased with Bachman's misrepresentations of American history.
    I'm also pleased with the positions on Medicare that have been put forth by Ryan, because they will assure that–if nominated–Ryan would lose up tot 70-percent of the vote. If either Palin, Bachman, or Ryan should be nominated by the GOP, that could not possibly be better news for the Democratic party. If the GOP continues to be represented by such as Palin, Bachman and Ryan, I fully expect Barack Obama to breeze through into a second term, and I also predict the Democrats could regain thirty, or possibly even forty, congressional seats in 2012. The problem with the GOP is that, for far too long, it has let the far right tail wag the dog.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  211. Mike Ryan

    Absolutely,Positevly,NO doubt in my mind...She is the BEST thing for the Democrats!!??? OOOPsies...Republicans!!!????

    June 6, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  212. Stephen

    The biggest idiots are media types like you that think Sarah Palin riding around on a bus drumming up support for the Republican party is as newsworthy as an elected officail sending x-rated pictures of himself to 6 different women. Ms. Palin's huge sin, as far as the media is concerned, is she is a conservative woman. What great harm has she done that you MUST criticize every word, every movement? Are you that scared of her?

    June 6, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  213. ann perry

    All she is doing is making money off the dumb american.She is not running for anything the only thing running is her mouth.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  214. Linda in Arizona

    Perhaps if palin spoke English instead of her native Gibberish, people would better comprehend the fractured mess that comes out of her ever-flapp­ing mouth, but it doesn't really matter how dumb or self-serving or unethical she is. Americans, rightly or not, identify with stupidity, and admire shameless self-promotion and ambition. I have said for a long time that we could end up with her in the White House. Just thinking about the possibility makes my marrow shrivel, but the Democrats are going to self-destruct (because that's what they do), and palin has star power in republican world.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  215. Lia of Madison, Wis.

    Jack,
    I love to watch CNN but every time this woman's name is mentioned, I get sick. This lunatic is so out of control and loves the attention. She says anything without thinking and of course is not correct and still people listen to and follow her. How sad and if she's hurting the Republican party, more power to her.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  216. Holly

    Jack,

    I want to automatically say she is a moron and that yes she is hurting the republicans chances of winning. However, the more coverage she gets regardless of this, the more dangerous she is to liberals. Either way, Let's stop covering this idiot and get back to the real news.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  217. Scott in Bellingham

    Sarah Palin’s bus ride around America so far is helping Sarah get her face back on the front page and that matters. People either love or hate Sarah. Those that make her out to be a joke hate and will always hate her. Those that would vote mainstream Republican are concerned as they should be. Those who would vote tea party Republican love Sarah. Overall I don’t think Sarah’s presence is hurting Republicans. Obama’s jobs report is helping Republicans.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  218. Troy

    Jack..... Sara Palin really drop the ball on that history question, you know the one about Paul Revere, heck i learn that way back in grade school, you would think she would have got that right, but she didnt, she put her own spin on it......anyway i think she is hurting the republican party for many reasons, one is she couldnt handle her job as Alaskas govener she quit before her term was up, she doesnt no her history, she's on that so called bus tour, and turning up where she's not suppose to be, i just hope she does'nt run for president, she'll probally quit that job to, history tends to repeat itself...... God Help us all.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  219. Dennis

    Well she's distracting the press from asking the Republicans (who are in the Presidential race) – the hard questions that need to be asked of these Republicans – like:
    (1) How is their economic plan: which is the SAME as George W Bush – going to help the economy?
    (2) Why are ALL these Republicans so willing to add Trillions of dollars MORE to the debt by extending the Bush taxcuts INDEFINETLYT – like they ALL want to ?
    (3) Why are these Republicans in the Presidential race, ALL supporting the Paul Ryan Medicare Plan when it will result in Seniors having to pay $6400 – out of pocket – every year, for their own health care. Where are seniors – who do not work – supposed to find $6400 to pay for healthcare. Do these Republicans think it is ethical to throw Seniors (who helped build this country) under the bus, at their most vulnerable state?
    Sarah Palin also continues to distract the press from asking the Republicans (already in the Presidential race) – Why are they still willing to give billionaire oil companies – $40 Billion in subsidies each year – yet these same Republicans want to cut Education Funding, Police, and Firefighter funding, Homeland security Funding, and Cut Medicaid Funding for children, and the disabled.
    BOTTOM LINE: Sarah Palin is a good distraction for the Republicans who are doing everything they can to AVOID answering all these important questions. Questions the Press do not seem to want to ask!

    June 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  220. Rita Fort Collins CO

    Of course it helps them. Her publicity gives us all a very clear picture of what the GOP is all about. Keep talking.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  221. Tim Wieand

    When Palin talks, everyone listens. That makes her a king maker.
    So, she has the potential to help.
    For example, the sight of all those reporters (who have had nothing good to say about her since she was chosen by McCain) stumbling over themselves chasing a sightseeing bus is proof enough of her influence in American politics.
    I'm stumped trying to think of one Democrat who could produce such a media frenzy (although there's probably a few ambitious reporters tailing the Weiner today!).
    And, if I recall, the correct history about Paul Revere's ride is that it was cut short just outside of Lexington, MA when Revere was captured at a British roadblock so few colonists ever heard a word from him.
    After his capture, Patriot Revere then announced to his British captors that a large contingent of Americans were armed and willing to do harm to the Brits. Sarah had her history right.
    Time to hit the history books, Mr. Cafferty.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  222. Winnie Kovacik

    Actually, I believe Sarah Palin is under contract to the Democratic Party to sabotage any possibility of having a Republican winner in 2012. Anyone considering the possibility of her being a contender in a national election should be under federal investigation for undermining our political security. I liked her feistiness in 2008 but she keeps glibly shooting herself in the foot. Now I'd like to give her a good boot in the tush. And – what is the source of huge funds needed to keep her on the road????

    June 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  223. Gould Hagler

    You are right to criticize Sarah Palin for her ignorance about Paul Revere. Did you also criticize Barack Obama who, in his carefully written inaugural address, misstated the number of men who have taken the oath of office as president of the United States and made garbled references to the Revolutionary War, confusing the Crossing of the Delaware with Valley Forge?

    June 6, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  224. Brian (From Chicago)

    Palin is throwing Republicans under her bus.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  225. Rafael Camacho Jr.

    Mr. Cafferty.
    I'm a Vietnam Vet. I fine it grossly incensitive and disrespectfull for Sarah Palin to pick this Memorial Day for what appears to be one or all of the following, campaigning, fund raising or pulicity. The reason for the motorcade was not mentioned, maybe something up her sleeve again. Then again it may be to honor the Memorial Day, in which case the proceeds should go to the benefit of the families of the fallen soldiers.

    Rafael Camacho Jr.
    Dunnellon, Fl

    June 6, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  226. Fred Dunn

    Pleeze Jack..do something!Americans should be ashamed! The media should be ashamed! We have an uneducated, small town mayor, and 1/3 governor of one of the least populated states in America who hasn't a clue about running the largest corporation in the free world...America is after all a huge business with the prez as CEO! Unbelivable that anyone would even tink about voting for this bimbo....God help us!

    Fred, Palm Bay F

    June 6, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  227. Tom Ranada

    Sarah Palin's publicity stunts hurt the GOP. But Palin is not concerned about whether her stunts will help or hurt the GOP. Her stunts are meant to earn her money, and the limelight gives her a narcissistic sense of power, mouthing hare-brained statements. Like Trump, she is content being a perennial also-ran as long as enough people pay enough attention (and pay enough money to hear and see her and buy her books). Since Palin & Trump will never be serious candidates, they are frank/clever enough to express their biases and make controversial statements and actions to attract attention. Both are the political equivalents of the entertainment's world Kardashians and Paris Hilton.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  228. Mickey D

    What do Palin, Trump and O'Donnell have in common? First, they are all smarter then you Jack. Second, they figured out that you can make a lot of money being a candidate but never doing the job. They run to make money not to get elected. They have perverted the primary process to enrich themselves. Palin screwed up and actually got elected in Alaska, but she took care of tha; she quit. I mean, this is pretty obvious isn't it?

    June 6, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  229. yolanda

    she became a liability, when she became mccain's VP nominee

    June 6, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  230. Steve Abner

    Mostly, for that hand ful of presidential elections, I've been more prone to vote against the candidate I liked the least, not for the one I liked the most. I haven't been a big fan of Republicans since Ike, but I think I could vote for Romney. I have considered changing my party affiliation so I could vote for him in the primary election if he gets that far. At least he's got a positive track record. As for Palin, she's a distraction. She's not defining any issues or offering any sound wisdom. What she is doing is creating a carnival side show that detracts from and belittles serious debate. If Palin gets on any ballot, you can bet your lunch money I'll cast my vote against anything and everything with her name on it.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  231. Tom in PA

    I am wondering who Sarah is thinking about for a running mate, Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  232. jimmiek

    Sarah... Sarah... Sarah.... This is news only because the media makes it news.... Otherwise it is a pretty interesting stunt to mock the USA political election system and campaigne law... Maybe she gets points for working outside the box..... Otherwise it is simply an interesting (not) reality show.... Kind a like listening to the Rush L show... except without the mean spirited spin....

    June 6, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  233. Toby

    You know what Jack – You are wrong (as are many that have posted here) about the Paul Revere ride...

    - A Boston University history professor told the Herald that Revere did indeed warn the British as well as the Americans earlier in his ride:
    Boston University history professor Brendan McConville said, “Basically when Paul Revere was stopped by the British, he did say to them, ‘Look, there is a mobilization going on that you’ll be confronting,’ and the British are aware as they’re marching down the countryside, they hear church bells ringing — she was right about that — and warning shots being fired. That’s accurate.” -

    Of course, Revere wasn’t planning on getting captured. He and others riding to the alarm (William Dawes and Samuel Prescott) wanted to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams of British action first, and rouse the militia second. Dawes and Prescott managed to elude the British and complete the mission, but Revere was captured. Furthermore, his warnings sufficiently rattled the British that they let him go — but without his horse. He returned on foot to Lexington, where he managed to hide a trunk with Hancock’s letters to keep it from being captured, but missed the battle.

    So what else have you and most of your followers gotten wrong about Palin?

    June 6, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  234. Deborah Seibert,. Co

    Hurting. I stopped supporting John McCain financially as soon as he announced her as VP. I think she is pretty, has lots of energy and a good mother. I don't disagree with her politically on any particular item. But, to put her in charge of the country would be like putting my 19 year old dittsy granddaughter in charge.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  235. Jim in Jupiter

    I'm not sure whether Sarah Palin is doing more damage to the Republican Party (and to the country as a whole) now or when she ran with McCain in 2008. She is the reason that I voted Obama in 2008. As a registered Republican that was a difficult choice to make. However, I could not fathom the thought (and still can't) of her running the country if something were to happen to John McCain. She now proves to me that my decision then was a correct one. She is an boat anchor to a ship with a hole in the hull. It seems this is only about her and not for the good of a party that could be focusing its efforts on a viable candidate in 2012. If I were the voice of the Republican Party, I would distance myself as far from her and her selfish, "see me, look at me" attitude as I could.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  236. Rob from Richmond

    Until recently, it seemed that the Quitta' from Wassila was keeping a lower profile, which allowed me to actually give the other GOP contenders some contemplative attention. Now that she's shrilled her way back into the spotlight, not only is she continuing to prove she's a mess, but she makes the entire right wing establishment look dunderheaded by association. More terrifying to our nation's future, there are people out there so cluless themselves that they actually support her.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  237. Bruce Bend OR

    I certainly don't think it would affect a rational persons' vote, but that's not really what we're dealing with here, is it?

    June 6, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  238. David in Tampa

    Sarah Palin hurts my ears, offends my intelligence and is a complete embarrassment to any and all political parties.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  239. ChrisB

    Sarah Palin depicts the typical bimbo in highschool. Everytime she opens her mouth to try and say something intelligent, she blows it. She should stick with what she does best; do reality shows.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  240. Gretchen

    WoW Pizza with trump,next stop lunch with joe the plumber,the keebler elves,and the leprechaun.after that she'll ride her unicorn over the moon,I know none of that is real and neither is sarah palin.Yet she's getting richer by the day.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  241. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    It shows how low the Right has sunk. In the context of history someone like Palin would never stand a chance at being a legitimate contender, but no one is stepping in to fill the void. I don't think true leaders exist anymore outside the private sector and military. I can't see following any of these characters.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  242. Teresa dela Pena

    She is helping the whole America.She is a good narcotics after a hard day's work.With a collapsing economy, America deserves to be entertained, to keep her sanity.Im just wondering who are her political advisers?They must be democrats in disguise.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:58 pm |